Since the start of a new year, we have been looking at a teaching series based from Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” During a three week series, we have looked at some of the “Kings” that we allow to control our lives, and the effects that we can see when we dethrone them.
Our first week was kicked off by a message from Mike Jarvis, who spent some time looking at the power that we often give King Stomach and how to dethrone it. We looked at Jesus’ time of fasting in the desert and the three lessons that we can find in the account of Jesus’ fasting. Mike showed us three things that the account in Luke 4:1-2 shows us in Jesus’ life:
- Jesus’ fast demonstrated his total commitment to his Father’s will.
- It prepared Him for an encounter with demonic powers.
- It was His launching pad for His redemptive ministry.
This led us really well into our prayer week; as a church we fasted for the week and prayed over the city along with a number of other churches.
The second “King” that we looked at dethroning was King Self. Chas Paul started the message with a quote from Craig Groeschel: “The more we care what others think about us, the more we forget what God says about us.”
Chas spoke about how the world has become so self-centred, we post pictures and posts on social media sites and judge how we stand on the number of likes that we get and on the number of retweets that happen. He gave us the tools of how to conquer King Self: starve him out, cut off the supply lines that King Self feeds on, seek to please God instead of people, develop a love for the approval of God rather than for the approval of people, and focus on what God says about you instead of what people think about you.
He told us what God says about each of us:
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Ephesians 5:17 – “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Free and Forgiven
Romans 8:37 – “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Romans 8:11 – “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”
Romans 8:17 – “Now if we are children, the we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
2 Corinthians 5:20 – “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21 – “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Romans 1:7 – “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Our final week in the series brought Jon Jarvis speaking about defeating the kingdom of King Wallet, a chance to talk about the challenge that money brings in today’s world. One of the reasons it being such a big challenge is because King Wallet brings Queen Comparison, the challenge of ‘er’: wanting things to be bigger, better, more expensive-er . King Wallet also brings Princess Luxury, the wanting of those things that aren’t necessity, but definitely making life a bit easier, a dishwasher, the latest computer or phone etc. The final accomplice of King Wallet is Prince Debt; the biggest battle of Prince Debt is that he lingers for a long time, once in that position it is a hard fight to get out of.
Jon spoke about the way to see to someone’s heart, listen to what they say and look at where they spend their money, Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” and Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” So how do you dethrone King Wallet?
Jon gave us two models to work from when it comes to managing money:
- Stewardship encouraged from the Old Testament: your first 10% is given to God, second 10% is saved for future events (needs), third 10% is given to others generously, and the other 70% is yours for whatever else you choose to use it on being bills, food, and everything else that life needs from you.
- The number one weapon against King Wallet is generosity: giving generously undermines King Wallet.
When a good thing is a God thing, it invokes the power of heaven
We finished the whole series of Conquering the Kingdoms by enthroning King Jesus. As a Church, and as individuals, we put Him on throne in our lives, taking it away from the Kings Stomach, Self and Wallet.
If you missed the coronation, below is the statement that we made for you whether you missed it on Sunday, or want to make this a daily statement over your life:
I believe in God the Father
Creator of heaven and earth
I believe in Jesus Christ
His only Son, our King
He died and rose again
Ascended into heaven
And He will come again
I believe He is the king of kings
He is lord of lords
I will seek first you kingdom
And your righteousness
I crown You as king of my life